Following a petition submitted to the national headquarters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by the Joint Stakeholders’ Forum of the party in Kano, the interim state chairman of the party Abdullahi Abbas has appealed for calm.
Our correspondent reports that among the petitioners who expressed concerns over the arrangement for the state congress included senators and members of the House of Representatives.
Abbas, who fielded questions from newsmen yesterday in Kano, described the petitioners’ grievances as a misunderstanding because they are part of the party and they won elections to their various positions under the same party.
He said, “This is news to us, we carry everyone along in the party. They are all witnesses to this fact because they won election under the party platform with or without these delegates.
“It is really surprising that they will come out to say they are not carried along.
“All the delegates were voted for from the wards and they are our people. We see those from Kano Central as the people of Senator Shekarau, those from Kano North are Barau’s loyalists, those from Kano South are for Senator Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya while everybody in the state is for the governor.
“So, we don’t have any problem in our midst. We have no problem with anybody; whosoever wins the election from among us is ok. Whatever the case, elections are taking place and everyone is entitled to contest if he so desires.
“The sale of forms was closed on the 11th and contestants from all factions have purchased the forms and are going to contest. We are one family,” he said.
Those who signed the petition include among others, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau, Senator Barau Jibrin, Hon Tijjani Abdulqadir Jobe, Hon Nasiru Abdua Nasarawa and Hon Sha’aban Sharada among others.
They resolved in their meeting that they would resist any attempt by the state party leadership to carry out the state congress in a manner that will impose party officers on members.